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Forum topic by Joe Lyddon posted 02-14-2018 09:12 PM 866 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Joe Lyddon

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02-14-2018 09:12 PM

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The Stranger

A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family.

The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on. As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche.

My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey.

But the stranger… he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies.

If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to the first major league ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn’t seem to mind.

Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.)

Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them.

Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home – not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our long time visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush.

My Dad didn’t permit the liberal use of alcohol but the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished.

He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing…

I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked… And NEVER asked to leave.

More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents’ den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.


His name?..... We just call him ‘TV.’


This should be required reading
for every household!)


He has a wife now….we call her ‘Computer.’

Their first child is “Cell Phone”.


Second child “I Pod”






-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 02-14-2018 09:16 PM

Quite a bit of wisdom here. Profound!

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#2 posted 02-14-2018 09:28 PM

That’s a Good one Joe, I can relate to that for sure!!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#3 posted 02-14-2018 10:28 PM

At first I thought you were going somewhere else with this. LOL. How true it is. I guess that’s why they have all those blockers on electronics now. Must be to keep us from learning the good stuff.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 02-15-2018 12:45 AM

Good one. I used to complain about only having an hour of T.V. when I was a kid. Since I came back from Iraq I have yet to get any T.V. series. Only got a smartphone 2 1/2 years ago and then only because it was $30 and still pay as I need minutes not this highway robbery at $70 and up a month.

The Computer, well without it my wife would not have a job and be able to stay at home. I might get an hour each night as I check news and LJ’s. And of course my Ukrainian language lessons….


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 03-10-2018 02:10 PM

Good story Joe, but I think the old saying ‘Don’t blame the messenger’ applies here. Media is just a reflection of our society and yes it does influence it in bad ways, but in good ways too. Maybe we should question societie’s values and the way children are raised today rather than our TV if we are unhappy with the way things are going.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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